The one-night-only Spring Gala program will feature the world premiere of Odessa, a new work by Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Marking the choreographer’s fifth ballet created for NYCB, Odessa will be set to a score by Leonid Desyatnikov and will feature costumes designed by Keso Dekker and lighting by Mark Stanley.
The gala program will also include Peter Martins’ 1992 work Jeu de Cartes (Card Game: A Ballet in Three Deals) set to a Stravinsky score, Christopher Wheeldon’s 2005 work After the Rain Pas de Deux with music by Arvo Pärt, as well as George Balanchine’s classic Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux.
The Spring Gala serves as the centerpiece of the Company’s four-week Here/Now Festival, featuring choreography made for NYCB since 1988, including 43 ballets created by 22 different choreographers, as well as music by 42 different composers, including 7 scores commissioned by NYCB. The Here/Now Festival also commemorates the 25th anniversary of NYCB’s New Combinations Fund, which was launched by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins in 1992 and conceived to foster the Company’s unparalleled commitment to new choreography. Over the past 25 years hundreds of generous donors have contributed to the New Combinations Fund, supporting the creation of more than 170 ballets.
The evening will feature champagne by Ruinart, the official champagne of New York City Ballet, catering by Glorious Food, and décor by Cait & Jules.
The 2017 Spring Gala is generously sponsored by Cartier.
Additional Expected Guests Include: Mercedes Abramo, Peter Martins and the dancers of the New York City Ballet, Vanessa Williams, Rachel Antonoff, Amy Astley, Lesley Stahl, Tom Murrow, Sasha Cohen, Emily Blavatnik, Earle & Carol Mack, Barbara Slifka, Bob Lipp, Marie Nugent-Head, Gillian Attfield, Maria-Cristina Anzola, Howard Solomon, Kristin Kennedy Clark, David Dangoor, Mary Snow, Meyer and Barbara Feldberg, Marlene Hess, Judge Kimba Wood, Elyse Newhouse, Barbara and Donald Tober, and Caroline H. Hyman.
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